Bradford (Park Avenue’s) assistant manager Lee Fowler has called on his side to be more ruthless, saying that “they can’t always be mates”.

There was an angry reaction from many fans on social media after the woeful 4-2 FA Cup Second Qualifying Round home defeat to Morpeth Town last Saturday but Fowler urged supporters to get behind them.

He insisted that loss was only the side’s third really poor performance since he and Marcus Law (Avenue’s manager) took charge last month, and feels sure they can bounce back, despite a difficult assignment at Brackley Town tomorrow.

He said: “(Aside from the Morpeth game) we were disappointing against Alfreton Town and Farsley Celtic but we should have beaten Spennymoor Town and Boston United. We only lost 3-2 at Telford United too.

“We’ve shown we can defend by keeping clean sheets against Blyth Spartans and Darlington but we do need to be more ruthless. We can’t always be mates and we need to change being so nicey. That starts in training.”

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